There were a lot of unknowns heading into the 2019 season.
Starting at the top with new head coach Ryan Day, then stretching all the way down to a roster that had to replace a number of key starters, Ohio State entered the season with a lot of question marks.
Day answered the bell, as has new quarterback Justin Fields, who through three games has led the Buckeyes to three resounding victories over FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana. But let's focus on the contributors outside of Ohio State's new head coach and quarterback today.
Which Buckeye's strong start to the season has proven most pivotal to the impressive 3-0 start?
My candidates are as follows:
- J.K. Dobbins
- Chris Olave
- Binjimen Victor
- Thayer Munford
- Chase Young
- Baron Browning
- Jeffrey Okudah
Dobbins has more than returned to his freshman form, ranking fourth nationally in total rushing yards despite playing just one drive in the second half of Ohio State's last two games.
Olave and Victor have emerged as the Buckeyes' top two pass-catchers and Munford has anchored an offensive line that replaced four starters from a season ago.
Young is on pace to shatter Ohio State's single-season sack record while Baron Browning has emerged as a consistent playmaker in the linebacker rotation. Then there's Okudah, who's leading a secondary that's allowed just one touchdown pass through three games this year.
Who's your (non-Fields) MVP so far this season?